Janet Porter is president of Faith2Action*: turning people of faith into people of action to WIN the cultural war TOGETHER for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 224 markets and at www.f2a.org.
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I am the victim of a hate crime.
I’ve been targeted. Stalked. Threatened. All because I’m … pro-life.
Back when I was working to pass the nation’s first ban on partial birth abortion, my car burst into flames when I started it. The arson investigator said the attack was deliberate. The banner headline of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday, May 13, 1994, read: Right to Life Leader’s car Sabotaged, Odds are it is connected to abortion issue, police say.” The sticker on the bumper read: “Abortion? Pick on someone your own size.”
Why don’t I have an elevated level of protection in the so-called “hate crimes” bill soon to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee? I’ll tell you why. Because I’m not a lesbian, an exhibitionist, or a practitioner of one of the American Psychiatric Association’s list of 547 sexual deviancies, which includes pedophilia.
Advocates of the bill, which adds the words “sexual orientation” to the specially protected list, rejected amendments that would have added veterans, seniors and churches like those who’ve been targeted since the majority of the people in California stood to defend marriage between one man and one woman in Proposition 8.
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s response in committee pointed out that in a country of more than 300 million, there are only 242 recorded assaults on record in this supposed “epidemic” against homosexuals. Even though seniors are far more often targeted for being weak and vulnerable, they were declared undeserving to be put on “the list” of the people we want to protect most. Children, also, didn’t make the cut, nor did people like me who want to protect the children most affected by deadly assault – those in the womb.
I’ve gotten death threats from pro-abortion extremists and from homosexual activists. Isn’t that hate speech? No, that doesn’t count. This law, like their version of “tolerance,” is a one-way street.
Let’s get this straight, if you threaten and attempt to kill me, no problem. No special protection; I’m just pro-life. But if my bumper sticker said “Lesbian Rights,” the perpetrator would be looking at an additional decade in jail.
What kind of world is it when an official speaker at the White House podium proclaims that she hopes Rush Limbaugh’s kidney’s fail and we have a president who thinks that’s hilarious? If the same were said about him, someone would be getting arrested. Unequal justice – that’s how they like it.
I’ve talked about stopping the “Pedophile Protection Act” with a filibuster and am grateful for those who have sent their overnight letters to the U.S. Senate. This bill is on a fast track, and there simply isn’t time to wait around. Thankfully, 300,000 letters are on their way asking for men and women to muster the courage to filibuster it.
The question remains, if the Senate isn’t willing to filibuster the Pedophile Protection Act, just what are they willing to stand and fight?
For those who say the “Pedophile Protection Act” isn’t accurate. Here’s a bit of a review. In committee, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, offered the amendment to exclude pedophiles from receiving elevated protection in the House version of the bill (H.R. 1913):
The term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia.
It’s straightforward. And it was rejected. Rep. King will be on my radio program today at 2 p.m. Eastern to answer your questions. You can listen at www.f2a.org.
Rep King also spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and pointed to the American Psychiatric Association list of another 547 different “paraphilias” that will be protected under the “hate crimes” bill. This, he said, would provide a mass of “sacred cows” in our society, which include pedophiles who would be given elevated protection, giving “the offender” an additional decade behind bars.
This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these “philias” and fetishes and “isms” that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule.
“All of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’” should get elevated levels of protections? Click the link above and hear it for yourself.
In addition to being targeted for being pro-life and threatened for being pro-marriage, I’ve also had to push away unwelcome advances. If that unwelcome advance were to come from someone of the same sex or someone who is on the APA list of sexual deviances, according to H.R.1913 and S.909, I would be a felon for pushing them away. So would you – unless you rise up to stop this insidious bill now and Fed Ex a message to every U.S. senator that asks them to stand and fight the Pedophile Protection Act with a filibuster now.